Brad Pitt has made a statement in support of marriage equality.

The star, who once said he would marry girlfriend Angelina Jolie when everyone has the right to wed, was speaking after New York legalised marriage for gay couples.

He said: “It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens.

“But it is each American’s Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot.”

He added: “Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage.”

Pitt, who has six children with Jolie, once said he would not be bothered at all if one of them was gay.

In September 2008, the star made a $100,000 (£54,840) donation to the campaign against Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California